The Mass Effect 3 ending has been shrouded in controversy since gamers began beating the game. Many gamers felt the ending did not live up to the promise BioWare had made that this would conclude the Shepard trilogy. Gamers began taking to the internet with criticism that the ending had not provided enough closure to the series. Both constructive and destructive criticism was flung at BioWare. Due to the outcry of many fans, BioWare had stated that they were thinking of changing the ending. Earlier today Ray Muzyka has confirmed that new content is in the works to provide additional closure.
In a post on the official BioWare website, Muzyka made it clear that he supported the developers and their decision on the ending. But the large reaction couldn’t be ignored.
“I believe passionately that games are an art form, and that the power of our medium flows from our audience, who are deeply involved in how the story unfolds, and who have the uncontested right to provide constructive criticism. At the same time, I also believe in and support the artistic choices made by the development team. The team and I have been thinking hard about how to best address the comments on ME3’s endings from players, while still maintaining the artistic integrity of the game.”
He then stated that the team had been looking into all the feedback they had received, to make a decision on what to do.
“To that end, since the game launched, the team has been poring over everything they can find about reactions to the game – industry press, forums, Facebook, and Twitter, just to name a few. The Mass Effect team, like other teams across the BioWare Label within EA, consists of passionate people who work hard for the love of creating experiences that excite and delight our fans. I’m honored to work with them because they have the courage and strength to respond to constructive feedback.”
He then added
“Building on their research, Exec Producer Casey Hudson and the team are hard at work on a number of game content initiatives that will help answer the questions, providing more clarity for those seeking further closure to their journey. You’ll hear more on this in April. We’re working hard to maintain the right balance between the artistic integrity of the original story while addressing the fan feedback we’ve received. This is in addition to our existing plan to continue providing new Mass Effect content and new full games, so rest assured that your journey in the Mass Effect universe can, and will, continue.”
He then began to address the destructive criticism the game had been facing from the public.
‘The reaction to the release of Mass Effect 3 has been unprecedented. On one hand, some of our loyal fans are passionately expressing their displeasure about how their game concluded; we care about this feedback, and we’re planning to directly address it. However, most folks appear to agree that the game as a whole is exceptional, with more than 75 critics giving it a perfect review score and a review average in the mid-90s. Net, I’m proud of the team, but we can and must always strive to do better.
He then went on to say that BioWare would not tolerate or respond to any of the destructive comments the public is spewing at them.
Some of the criticism that has been delivered in the heat of passion by our most ardent fans, even if founded on valid principles, such as seeking more clarity to questions or looking for more closure, for example – has unfortunately become destructive rather than constructive. We listen and will respond to constructive criticism, but much as we will not tolerate individual attacks on our team members, we will not support or respond to destructive commentary.”
Whether this downloadable content will help put out some of the fire in gamers hearts who felt that Mass Effect 3’s ending was bad, or create even more problems with fans who felt the game was fine has yet to be seen. No exact information on the premise of the DLC has been announced.Sound off in the comments below and let us know what you think.